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The Social Costs of Illiteracy in Australia

The Social Costs of Illiteracy in Australia Illiteracy doesn’t just affect the person who suffers from illiteracy directly. If one person is illiterate, it creates a ripple effect throughout society. How? When a person lacks the literacy skills to read, write and effectively communicate they become vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion.  In worst case scenarios this can lead to depression, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. This can then create a cycle of poverty. You might be thinking: surely, it’s not that big of a problem in Australia? Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. A survey conducted by OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies revealed that more than 40% of the participants lacked proficient literacy skills. For those...

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Australia has an Illiteracy Problem and we Want to Be Part of the Solution

Australia has an Illiteracy Problem and we Want to Be Part of the Solution Australia is a wonderful country to live in. So wonderful in fact, you’d probably be surprised to learn that we have one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world. As of 2016, 44% of Australian adults lacked the literacy skills needed for basic day to day activities. It can also be said that 1 in 3 Australian’s are likely to be deemed unemployable due to their low literacy skills. Considering the fact every child in Australia has access to schooling, these statistics are very alarming! Being able to read makes the world of difference It is easy to take your ability to read for granted,...

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How to Help Your Child Choose the Right Phonics-Based Book

How to Help Your Child Choose the Right Phonics-Based Book Make sure it’s a book that interests them If you are finding it hard to engage your child with phonics-based readers, it’s not because they don’t like reading, they’re just not reading the right book. The same goes for their favourite movies. A movie will only become their favourite because it is based on a story line that involves topics, people or places that interest them. Our decodable reader series are the only beginner series to offer 20 books within each level. Each book is written with the intent to engage your child in fun and interesting stories. We do this with level appropriate phonics and words as well as...

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How Phonics Began

How Phonics Began Before phonics was born, we didn’t even have alphabets. Instead, many ancient tribes and civilisations like the Egyptians used pictures to tell stories. It is believed that the Phoenicians pioneered the first phonetic alphabet to help make communicating with trading partners easier and more efficient. Phonics then found its way into Greek and Roman schooling systems, where teachers taught their students their respective alphabets and how it came together to form words. From the late 1600’s phonics was being used within the American public school curriculums. Over the following years different teaching methods were introduced but most fell to the wayside as phonics remained the most effective. In the mid to late 1900’s many researchers conducted their...

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Is There an Age Limit to Introducing a Phonics-Based Reading Approach?

It’s important to mention that every child’s learning journey and ‘learning to read’ journey is different and will also progress differently. Here are some literacy development milestones that you can use as a guide to introduce books and phonics into your child’s routine.  From birth  One to three years Between the ages of one and three you’ll find your child will become more interested in books and you may even find them pretending to read. They’ll also become more involved with language, songs and rhymes and begin to recognise their own name, short words and trademarks. Three to five Children may start to take more of an interest in writing words. This is a great opportunity to encourage phonics by...

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